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Long, easy trails???

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
My wife is a beginning skier who loves long, placid, quiet green circles, but many of them are often crowded in the East. She is very easily freaked out by whooshing-by skiers and, perhaps like everyone, wishes she could have her runs all to herself (wouldn't we all?). We have found some exceptional runs together -- Iroquois and Deer Run at Belleayre, Bear View/Sun Dog at Killington. She tried Great Eastern at Killington and was absolutely spooked by the criss-crossing intersections with black diamond runs so common at the Big K. She was able to ski Caper at Killington (with one minor fall), but again, this superb run, which is entertaining in so many ways, is often used by much better skiers (and this was a mid-week morning). Anyway, anyone have any suggestions for areas in the easy which are particularly graced with epic, peaceable green circles? Many thanks!
post #2 of 23
My kids are 6&8, and enjoy the same stuff.

Our favorite family places are Steamboat where they can do Sunshine all day, and if you prefer more extreme, Surgar Bowl is great with her cruising down Lakeview and you going into the chutes.

Sunshine is another place where you will both be very happy.
post #3 of 23
Jiminy has two side trails that are long (the long one is, IIRC, 2 miles) and have no crossing slopes. Left Bank and West Way. They can get a little busy but they're very big and one generally has no problem at all finding lots of space to oneself.

Gore has a nice long one from the top all the way to the bottom with only a couple of trails that feed into it, and no crossing trails. I can't remember what they're called, but if you start heading left down the mountain and cross to the right side below the gondola stop, it spits you on a long, long, lonely green circle.
post #4 of 23
Snowmass would get my vote, but that might be a bit far for you.
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by vinn
Snowmass would get my vote, but that might be a bit far for you.
Sorry, shoulda clarified: East Coast only ...
post #6 of 23
This won't apply, as its West Coast, but if you're ever out in the west: Mammoth Mountain has SUPERB beginner runs that are LONG! I'm so glad that my kids can and are learning at Mammoth. (Juniper Springs area, for example).
post #7 of 23
Originally Posted by wbroun
Sorry, shoulda clarified: East Coast only ...
Give Sunday River a try.

In my experience, the side-to-side width of Sunday River seems to spread out the crowds pretty nicely. There are some really long greens up top that are great for smell-the-flowers relaxed skiing. They connect together so that you can go all the way from Barker Mtn to Jordan via one set of green trails ("Cyclone"?), and return by another set ("Kansas" and "Lights Out", I think). When my kid was tiny she used to love going all the way from one end of the mountain to the other on these, and could pretty much just stand on the skis and not have to make a turn. I remember being bored beyond belief, but it did put several miles on her skis each way.

Except for a slightly odd start, "Lollapaloza" (over on Jordan) is very wide and long, but occasionally does get crowded, so I wouldn't recommend it unless traffic is light.

"Dream Maker" is lower down on the mtn and sees ski school usage, but never seems to be crowded when I've been there. Compared to Killington, there are many fewer expert cross-overs on these SR trails.

Personally, I would recommend Sunday River for her (it gives a much more open, alone-in-the-woods feeling), but if driving distance is an issue, Mount Snow is another appropriate mountain for a low intermediate skier.

It's "blues" are among the easiest blues I have ever seen. Because of its southerly location, Mt. Snow gets much more crowded than Sunday River, but if you stay away from the main trails down the front side, the crowds thin out a lot.

For example, "Snowdance" ( ) is a wide light-blue cruiser that seems to be off the beaten track for most visitors. Next to it, "One More Time" is a nice long flat ramble through the woods, but it is moderately narrow and sometimes they let it bump up, so it then earns a true-blue rating. Check it out yourself before you put her on it as I don't recall any bail-out points if it turns out to be bumped up.


Tom / PM
post #8 of 23
Wildcat has some very pretty greens and it's usually a littile less crowded. Wild Kitten in particular is very scenic and not used much. Also there is a long green from the top that winds around. It gets more use but never anything compared to Killington.
post #9 of 23
This is counterintuitive, but if there is good natural snow, try Plattekill - in the Catskills, about 20 min. past Belleayre, which you mentioned in your post. Plattekill has a rep for steep and ungroomed BUT there are long green cruisers (Powderpuff and Overlook) similar to the trails you mentioned at Belleayre. Plattekill doesn't get too crowded anyway, but even if it did, the traffic will be on blacks and blues, not greens.
post #10 of 23
Polecat at wildcat is the best green cruiser anywhere in New England as far as I'm concerned - its a 3-4 miles long - easy grades....and Wildcat is never crowded.
post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
These are fantastic ideas! You've all given me both close-range and long-range targets for this winter. Many thanks!!!
post #12 of 23
Polecat at Wildcat is 3 miles long and as others have said fabulous views, minimal intersections and uncrowded. This trail is serviced by a high speed quad and has 2100 ft of verticle.

I would only recommend it after a major snow fall, but Magic has a trail Magic Carpet that is ~2 1/2 miles and is uncrowded so you don't get 'bumps' like high traffic greens like Mt Snow, Loon or Okemo.
post #13 of 23
Stratton has some very good long greens. The one that wraps around the north side of the mountain is especially good for the family skiing experience.
post #14 of 23
More on Belleayre...

Roaring brook is a great "green" cruiser disguised as a blue ans is usually not too crowded.

Keep it up. folks. Where else in the East? Us "greenies" are legion...
post #15 of 23
Has anyone skied Nansen (haut, mid, bas) at Tremblant? Looks to be waaaay off on the left side of the mountain and very long.
post #16 of 23
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by Canadarago
More on Belleayre...

Roaring brook is a great "green" cruiser disguised as a blue ans is usually not too crowded.

Keep it up. folks. Where else in the East? Us "greenies" are legion...
You're so right about Roaring Brook! What an awesome trail! I sometimes find I have to stop, just to gape at the sheer beauty of the view. It's like a Hudson River School painting come to life.
post #17 of 23
Concur with Polecat trail at Wildcat, NH as probably the prettiest, long green run I've been on in the East. Try those long, slow ones again at Killington (Great Eastern, Home Stretch, Fallsbrook, Sundog, mixed with other connections) on a weekday in early spring to enjoy them at their best, ditto for some of the well groomed easy terrain at Stratton. The easy cruisers at Killington and Stratton also benefit from being served by convenient gondolas, which are great lifts for novices to relax, snack, and get their acts together for next run.
Check this out for more comments on easy cruisers:
post #18 of 23
Try the wiffletree quad at Sugarloaf. There are some really nice greens an easy blues off it. Also, try the Bucksaw chair for greens and blues. When you are ready for a long blue, ski Tote Roead from the top.

At Mt. Tremblant, Nansan can be a zoo. It's the busy main blue route down the south side. Nansan S, the widy road next to it is less busy and it's easy. It's marked Piste Plus Mas Facile on the South Side; don't need to know French to translate that. Still there are some intersections. My fave delightful greens at Mt. T include Petit Boneur and Sissy Schuess on the north side.
post #19 of 23
Also if you are at Sugarloaf and comfortable with Tote from the superquad, Timberline from the top is a very pretty green with great views. I learned at Bromley and they have a nice green from the top and some easy blues.
post #20 of 23

best greenies in utah?

I did a job on my knee last summer and am pretty way relegated to easy greens for this season. We will be in PCR for MLK ... any recommendations for smooth easy greens at PCR, Canyons, Deer Valley and possibly Alta?

post #21 of 23
From a non local: King Con lift at PCMR serves a nice, mellow portion of the mtn with some easy blue and a few green runs. Never skied Deer, but looked around base one time. Reputedly about 50% is supposed to be well groomed blues and greens. Haven't been to Canyons since the big expansion, but it and Alta would be slightly less user friendly for you. Have a great trip, whatever you're on, you know the easier trails will be covered with nothing but very forgiving packed powder after all the storms lately.
post #22 of 23
i disagree with PM regarding sunday river, i wouldn't recommend this mountain for long easy greens. a lot of SR's long green runs are similar to the Kmart experience described in that they are traverses with frequent criss crosses with fall line trails. their dedicated beginner area is also likely swamped on weekends, as is the entire area.

wildcat's polecat is an excellent recommendation that i endorse. the views from the summit of wildcat are second to none in new england and it's one of the few areas in new england you can have a 2000 vertical foot drop beginner run top to bottom that even experts can enjoy. that long run can be a negative if endurence is an issue, plus it doesn't provide much variety, but with a trail like that who needs variety... it doesn't get better for a novice skier!

also a STRONG consideration should be black mountain which has lots of easy grades, is never crowded, and is dirt cheap. lots of classic style trails that offer up that old school new england charm, just an awesome mountain and lots of variety and fun for the developing skier.
post #23 of 23
RivercOil is absolutely right that there are a fair number of trails that intersect the greens that go from one end of SR to the other, but I guess I've been lucky and experienced very little regular & cross traffic when skiing those trails with my daughter. They certainly gave me much, much less concern than when putting miles on her on Great Eastern & Northern at K-mart. OTOH, I may be biased because I've almost exclusively skied SR on weekdays. Thanks for your comment.

Tom / PM
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